Day Camp 411

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Here's a cheat sheet for all your day camp essentials. On this page, you'll find maps of our location, daily packing lists, and important information about our schedule. Don't see the answer to your questions below? Just send us an email with your inquiry.

packing list

what to bring to DAY CAMP

  • Lunch

  • Snacks (we will provide some light snacks)

  • A water bottle; it's hot out there!

  • Closed-toe shoes (we work with heavy and messy things)

  • Clothes that can get dirty or damaged. We are an active and potentially messy camp.

  • Layers for changing or inclement weather.

  • Sun Hat and sunscreen* already applied (we spend most of our day outside)

*We will provide sunscreen at camp, but we ask that if you have a preference about what sunscreen your child use that you provide extra for mid-day application.

Day One

Please accompany your camper/s into camp on their first day. We'd love to say hi, and we'll have a few things for you to verify. Without prior arrangements, all campers must be signed in and out of camp every day by an authorized adult. Please email us should you have any questions about pick-up and drop-off. 


Each Friday, parents are invited to attend a showing of our work at 2:30 pm. It will be a celebration of effort. Sometimes things work as planned, sometimes they don't. Either way, we're excited to show off what we accomplished each week. If you can't make it, don't worry! We'll post tons of pictures and videos on our blog. For parents missing the demo, normal pick-up and aftercare times still apply.

Camper using the drill press


Synapse School
3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park CA

Check back soon for directions on where to find us on campus. We'll also post driving and parking directions.

Looking for our Berkeley Site?

Project Ember is taking a pause on running a second site in Berkeley for the 2018 season in order to focus on building our overnight program. If you are a family in the East Bay looking to join us, we hope you'll consider registering for one of our four weeks of overnight camp



  • Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Drop off: 9:15 am - 9:30 am

  • Pickup: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Before Care: 8:30 am - 9:30 pm

  • After Care: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


8:30 am - 9:15 am - Before care: staff and a curated set of tabletop games greet children during a relaxed morning while we wait for camp to start
9:15 am - 9:30 am - Official drop-off: the day starts with a short discussion or game
9:30 am - 10:00 am - Full-camp morning circle, followed by working group review/planning sessions
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Project Work Session A: Kids and staff work together to break down tasks, see the big picture, take steps, test ideas, and make progress.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Lunch: we'll eat outside as long as the weather is good!
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Park break! Organized games and self directed play
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm - Afternoon group meeting before work begins again
1:40 pm - 3:30 pm - Project Work Session B. More progress to be made!
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Pick-up
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Aftercare: wind down with games and good conversation

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